Police Parade 21 Suspects In Ibadan, Recovers Diverted Bus Loaded With Engines, Transformer, Military Uniforms, Ak-47 Live Ammunitions, Others
By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan
Some suspected criminals have been paraded in Ibadan.
Naijanewshub.com.ng reports that no fewer than 21 suspects have been paraded in Ibadan, the Capital City of Oyo state on Monday following their alleged involvement in one criminal cases or the other.
The suspects were paraded by the State Police Public Relations Officer, SP. Adewale Osifeso at the state Command Headquaters, Eleyele Ibadan.
Addressing journalists over the development, SP. Osifeso noted that some members of notorious syndicate that specialized in hijacking and diversion of vehicles loaded with valuables on highway at various parts of the state on 28th October, 2022 at about 0030hrs intercepted one Mitsubishi Canter Bus with registration number SUL 982 KP loaded with Forty ‘’40’’ pieces of Vehicle Engines valued at (N20,000,000) at Fiditi area, Oyo along Ibadan/Oyo expressway.
Osifeso who gave names of the suspected hijackers as Kazeem Korede, aged 37, Ope Dauda, 32; Olanlokun Idowu, 36; Saheed Nafiu, aged 40; Kehinde Sunday 35, also maintained that the notorious men reportedly armed attacked the driver of the vehicle, one Jamiu Abdulahi, dispossessing him of the Mitsubishi Canter Bus with the goods loaded therein and diverted it to an unknown location.
The state PPRO in his address stated further that the incident was reported at the nearest police station and referred to the Command Monitoring Unit, Eleyele Ibadan, stressing that upon receiving the complaint, a team of Police Operatives attached to the Command Monitoring Unit Eleyele Ibadan immediately swung into action and in the process Four (4) members of the criminal syndicate who later identified themselves as KAZEEM KOREDE ‘M’, OPE DAUDA ‘M’, OLANLOKUN IDOWU ‘M’ and SAHEED NAFIU ‘M’ were arrested in their hideout at IYANA OFFA area, Ibadan and the diverted MITSUBISHI Bus with the forty pieces of vehicle engines were recovered.”
One Mazda Bus with registration number KJA 777 XC and one Bajaj Motorcycle according to the state PPRO which they used for the criminal activity were recovered from the suspects.
The suspects according to PPRO have since confessed to the crime and other ones executed at different locations in the State and its adjoining boundaries, noted that investigation continues with assurances of updates.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects are one Mitsubishi Canter vehicle with registration number SUL 982 KP, One Mazda Bus with registration number KJA 777 XC, 40 pieces of vehicle engines, one Bajaj Motorcycle with registration number AGG 092 QN, One Techno Phone, One Torch Light.
While speaking about other suspects paraded at the Command Headquaters, SP. Osifeso maintained that a team of Police Operatives attached to the Monitoring Unit of the State Police Command while on intelligence based anti-crime patrol within the metropolis on 27/10/2022 at about 1030hrs intercepted a criminal gang whose Mode of Operation was to disguise as military officers by wearing military camouflage uniform and other accoutrements to attack and rob unsuspecting members of the public at Ajoda and Egbeda axis of Ibadan.
He noted that as at the time of apprehension, the suspects were adorned in military gears as part of the modalities for their operation.
The Prime suspect, one Adeniji John Bukola ‘m’ at the time of arrest had in his possession a single barrel gun. Upon interrogation, the suspect was unable to give any satisfactory explanations about the Military Uniforms and the Gun recovered from him. However he assisted by providing gainful information which later led to the arrest of two other members of his criminal gang at Asejire area of the state and the two additional suspects identified themselves as Sunday Daniel ‘M’ and Afeez Suliman ‘M’.
Exhibits such as one military short, one Fulani turban, one red beret and one dagger which they used to disguise as Military Officers to carry out their criminal activity were equally recovered.
Investigation has since been escalated to identify, track and apprehend the rest of the criminal gang and as well the source of the accoutrements.
Speaking with journalists, the prime suspect, John Adeniji Bukola confirmed to have bought the Military Uniforms from a friend years back, he also admitted to have bought the gun which he was arrested with.
He said, “I bought the uniforms from a friend of mine who is not currently in Oyo state, and I was arrested on my way to deliver the gun for a friend of mine Afeez Suliman who reside in Ikire Osun state who have paid for it with the reason of using it for hunting games.
One ex-NEPA official Babalola Lukman was paraded alongside his gang namely Yusuf Ismaila, Salawudeen Azeez, Moshood Isha, Afolayan Imran as they were arrested at Aroje area of Ogbomoso town while removing and vandalizing electricity power transformer.